Origin of perceptive
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1. discerning, sensitive, keen, astute.
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Examples from the Web for perceptive
And, as the enigmatic front man to an avant garde indie rock group, he is droll, perceptive, and splendidly weird.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
Yet his narrative is gripping, perceptive, and moving at times, even if his conclusions are highly debatable.How Gary Hart Became the First Political Sex Scandal Casualty
October 1, 2014
Perceptive fiction has always been a venue for society to ruminate on the moral issues of the day.‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream
July 22, 2014
Willa is a wonderfully smart and funny and perceptive and engaging little kid.My Daughter Is Bossy—But Don’t Call Her That
March 12, 2014
To the perceptive, Christmas helps us see those around us for the gifts they truly are.The True Gifts of Christmas Are Life, Love, and the Mystery of God
December 25, 2013
But Joshua hoped the rest of the personnel were not so perceptive.The Big Tomorrow
They speak to the perceptive faculties only: truth to the conceptive.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
We tried to be perceptive of the needs of individual couples.Marriage Enrichment Retreats
They educate, they exalt, they preserve; so that to profit by them we must be as perceptive as we can.The Tragic Muse
In what relation do the perceptive faculties stand to the expressive?What Is and What Might Be
- quick at perceiving; observant
- able to perceive
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Word Origin and History for perceptive
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to perception.
- Having the ability to perceive.
- Keenly discerning.
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